More than 2,100 Rangeview High School students jumped to their feet after learning that one of their teachers is the best in the state. State Education Commissioner Robert Hammond named social studies teacher Amanda Westenberg as the 2013 Colorado Teacher of the Year. Westenberg will now compete for the national title.
“Every single person has a favorite teacher,” said Westenberg. “This award shows how teachers build on the lives of their students. I really believe this is a moment to honor the entire teaching profession.”
Westenberg was selected for the honor based on her expertise, the student achievement results she receives from her classroom instruction, and her ability to inspire students. She says she made the decision to enter into the field of education hoping to create a community in which students could feel safe, cared for and cherished.
“She’s had a great impact on my life,” said Rangeview senior Jada Boyd. “I can’t even describe what she’s done for me. I can come to her and talk to her about anything. She means the world to me.”
As Teacher of the Year, Westenberg will get many professional development opportunities through the National Teacher of the Year program, will attend a ceremony at the White House, and will go to space camp for a week.
The Colorado Legacy Foundation, along with Adams State College, SMART Technologies, Colorado Free Masons and Blue Bell Ice Cream will provide support to Westenberg to allow her time to be gone from her school to attend these events and speaking engagements.